Golfer’s elbow - Golf Injuries

What is golfer’s elbow?

Golfer’s elbow is similar to tennis elbow but it affects different muscles; tennis elbow affects the extensor muscles, while golf involves the flexor muscles. The condition is caused by inflammation of the muscles, which is usually a result of overuse.

Symptoms of golfer’s elbow

Common symptoms include pain in the elbow and forearm; pain may be prolonged and may become heightened when the hand is closed or the fingers are bent and the muscles are flexed.

Treating golfer’s elbow

The most common treatment is rest; as this is an overuse injury using the muscles when they still recovering will cause pain and may lead to further damage. Anti-inflammatory medication and ice will help to reduce inflammation. Steroid injections are commonly given to professional golfers as they reduce swelling quickly. Persistent cases of golf elbow may require surgery.

Preventing golfer’s elbow

It is important to allow a sufficient rest period between activities which put pressure on the elbow; this will prevent overuse injuries and allow time for existing conditions to heal. Technique is extremely important; having good technique can dramatically reduce the chances of injury. Physiotherapy and specially designed exercises and stretches will help to prevent further injury as well as increasing movement around the joint.

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